France plans to deliver helicopter carriers to Russia.

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As Russia absorbs Crimea and masses 60,000 troops on Ukraine's border, is the West serious about sanctions against Moscow?

The best test could come this Tuesday, when the defense and foreign ministers of Russia and France are scheduled to meet for long-planned talks on relations between the two countries. French president François Hollande has already announced that "there will be sanctions Monday on visas and assets of a certain number of [Russian] individuals if there is no de-escalation." But he absolutely must go further.

Three years ago, France signed a military contract worth $1.7 billion to build two advanced-technology Mistral-class helicopter carriers for Russia, with an option to build two more. The first carrier, Vladivostok, conducted its sea trials earlier this month and is set to arrive in Moscow later this year. A Russian crew is already being trained on the ship, currently berthed in the French port of Saint-Nazaire. A sister ship, Sebastopol — ironically named after the chief port of Crimea — is set for delivery to the Russian navy late in 2015.
The Appeasement of Paris | National Review Online
 

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Its all money!!! Russia is two trillion dollar economy... Its funds are welcomed in the cash strapped Europe...

The first carrier, Vladivostok, conducted its sea trials earlier this month and is set to arrive in Moscow later this year. A Russian crew is already being trained on the ship, currently berthed in the French port of Saint-Nazaire. A sister ship, Sebastopol
But the journo who wrote this piece of article should have peanuts in place of his brain... Since when did Moscow become a port or harbour or even had a coast for a ship to arrive???
 

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France May Scrap Russian Warship Deal Over Ukraine Crisis

"If Putin carries on like this, we could consider canceling the sales," Fabius said adding that the possible loss of the contracts could have a negative impact on the French economy.

The remarks came after the US and EU imposed sanctions Monday on senior Russian officials following a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea in which voters overwhelmingly supported secession and reunification with Russia.

The French minister, however, appeared to soften the tone of his warning to Russia on Tuesday, saying that he had actually meant a possible suspension of the sale and only if it were accompanied by equivalent action by other EU countries.

"What is being envisaged is the suspension of these contracts but ... that would only be in the event of us moving to a third level of sanctions and we are not there yet," Fabius said.
France May Scrap Russian Warship Deal Over Ukraine Crisis | Russia | RIA Novosti
 

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